Free IT school for Rwandan orphans

$125 $84,875
Raised Remaining


The Umuryango Center of Technology in Gitarama, Rwanda provides housing, education, and IT vocational training to a community of orphans. UCT houses 50 orphans a year, educating at least 70 others.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

With 820,000 children orphaned by the 1994 genocide (1/8 of its population), Rwanda's scars are healing slowly. UCT will offer free primary education as well as vocational training in IT to those children. By empowering the most marginalized children in Rwanda, we allow them to secure livelihoods in the growing IT sector as well as allowing them to contribute to the reconstruction of Rwanda.

How will this project solve this problem?

Bringing internet access to Gitarma and its orphans allows them to receive hands-on training in IT. In addition to IT training, UCT will run an internet café out of its computer labs, allowing the program to eventually achieve self-sustainability.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project will allow 50 orphans each year to participate in Rwanda's growing IT sector. By giving these children a chance for livelihoods in an expanding market, we can keep them from falling into the despair that plagues so many orphans.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $125

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $125 .  The original project funding goal was $85,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 6 donors like you, a total of $125 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Alex Merkovic

Executive Director
Tallahassee, FL United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Free IT school for Rwandan orphans